Author Archives: DHopkins

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Fatal Frost [Book In Review]

Category : Stretch n' Grow

This book catches you from the first chapter, and the suspense does not end. I had a hard time putting this book down. I love the main character, Mercy, and her tough exterior. As a US Marshall, she needs to be tough, but the author does a good job at developing her character and softer side as well. Both of my siblings are in law enforcement and I could just picture each of them in the pages of this book. I would recommend it to anyone because it is very clean.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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Shadow of the Storm [Book In Review]

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This book had so many suspenseful twists and turns that made it really enjoyable to read. Shira, the main character, has endured much in her short life as a Hebrew slave turned free woman following the cloud of the LORD. The author does a really great job imagining what life would be like from the perspective of a Levite on the journey to the promise land. Living in tents and receiving the ten commandments is only a few of the factual incidents she inserts into this book.
My favorite part of the story is how Shira finds her calling, Midwifery and follows Yahweh in his direction. I would not recommend this book to a pre-teen or teenage girl as there is some mature content.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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The Artisian’s Wife [Book In Review]

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

This was a very easy book to read! The main plot was fast enough that the reader did not get bored and there were enough sub plots to also keep it moving. Ainslee, the main character is a woman of virtue and because of that, I can pass this book onto my middle school aged daughter. I loved that fact that she is also a business woman and reflects a confident spirit. A very good role model for young girls.

The end of the book is somewhat predictable because it is a love story after all!


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No Way Up [Book In Review]

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I’ve read other books from Mary Connelly in the past and this one is same caliber as the rest of them. Some romance is usually involved woven within murder or mystery. The main characters are usually trying to protect themselves or solve a crime. If you’ve read any of her other series books, this one fall in line with the rest. Because it is the first in the series, The Cimarron Legacy, the mystery is not fully solved at the end of the book which will keep the reader coming back for more in books 2 & 3. I do predict a romance blossoming between Angie and Justin in the following books or possibly Angie and Cole. If you are looking for an easy, weekend read with very little violence and sexuality, this is a good pick. I can hand this book down to my pre-teen daughter and feel that it’s an appropriate read.


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Delilah Treacherous Beauty [Book In Review]

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The author, Angela Hunt, reignites the story of Samson and Delilah written in the Bible. There is not a lot of details given about these two people in history and Angela expands the readers imagination around the vents that could have taken place. As a side note, she does have a statement in the back of the book explaining some of the research she did prior to writing this book. She also gives her explanation of human nature and why she thinks Delilah sabotaged Samson. It’s very humble while she states that she does not think she is 100% correct, she’s just filling in some of the more human details to an untold story.
This book was very captivating, given the fact that if you’ve read the story in the Bible, you know how it ends. She sticks to the facts, and creates characters that will tug at your heart strings.
I would not recommend this book for a pre-teen as there is some sexual violence not appropriate for young readers.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.


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Sins of the Past [Book In Review]

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I have read fiction novels by authors Dee Henderson and Dani Pettrey before and felt confident that I would enjoy this series. This book is actually 3 mini stories in one. I’ve never tried reading a novella before, but it’s actually quite enjoyable. I don’t regularly have a hard time finishing books, but for those that do, this would be a great alternative.
Each plot is thick with suspense, a bit of romance and a lot of action. All three fiction stories consist of a main character trying to solve a mystery. These pages won’t leave you disappointed.


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Coming Full Circle

Today, I will see my testimony come full circle. Do you ever have those moments in life, that make you stand back and marvel at the hand of God? This is one of those moments for me.

In my children’s elementary school, they have a program in the mornings called Rise and Shine. It’s an inspirational start to the day where the kids learn the Pledge of Allegiance, the State of Oklahoma salute and the Tiger creed which involves character attributes like Tenacity, Integrity, Gratitude, Encouragement and Respect.

With each Rise and Shine they start their day off with a moment of silence to reflect, meditate or pray about the day ahead. And when you stand in the gymnasium with 600+ kids who pause and take an actual moment of silence, it’s powerful.

Today, my kindergartener will be the one on stage leading and teaching the quote of the week to the school. We’ve been memorizing it at home.

“Look for the best in others.” by  Rachel Joy Scott

For those that don’t recognize that name right away, Rachel Scott was one of the victims in the Columbine shooting in 1999. Her story includes pieces of her relationship with Jesus and her refusal to deny that she was a Christian in the face of death. Her testimony changed my life forever.

In 1999, I was a Senior at Littleton High School in Littleton, CO. I heard of the mass chaos happening while at school on April 20th, but learned of all of the details just like every other American after I returned home and sat, glued to the television in complete shock that this was happening miles from where I went to school. The following week, I remember walking around the halls in a daze. We all were. We had classes where teachers just stopped teaching as we were all processing the event still. I will never forget it.

This single event changed my life. I had been born into a family that believed in God and went to church but the relationship with Him had not yet taken hold in my heart. Sure, if anyone would have casually asked me if I was a Christian, I might have said yes, depending on the day, but in the face of a gun? I couldn’t answer that truthfully in my heart. Rachel’s testimony left me pondering a very important question introspectively in my heart for weeks.

After the tassles had turned and the celebrations of graduation had ended, I was still wrestling with my eternity. It was that summer that I finally developed my own relationship with Jesus. God became real to me. I finally landed on the decision to follow Him for real, with my whole heart because if Rachel Scott was willing to die for him, then that’s what real faith looked like.

Jesus, being fully human died a very real death on the cross for me and I finally understood what it meant to deny Him. I had a real life martyr as an example of love and faith to learn from. Sixteen years later, I can answer that deep question honestly in my heart of hearts; what would I do if the same gunman walked into my school?columbine_memorial

Each year on April 20th, I remember. Not because it’s a traumatic memory for me, but because I’m thankful that God used Rachel’s story to change my heart.

Almost 16 years to the day, my son gets to stand in front of his classmates, in a public school, and teach out of the journal of Rachel Joy Scott. It’s a full circle moment.

This isn’t about Rachel per say, but it is about the message that her life and ultimately her death can convey. No matter what your age, no matter what your background or family history; take your eternity seriously. Think about it. Weigh it in your heart. Being a Christian isn’t about all of the do’s and don’ts list or the attendance at church. It isn’t about rejecting this people group or that one for their lifestyle choices, but about looking for the best in others. Being a Christian is about following Jesus, studying his life and trying to learn from his words to us in the Bible. It’s about loving all people. It’s about asking God for help, knowing that I’m not good enough or pure enough to enter eternity with Him forever without Jesus vouching for me.

Today, I know what my answer would be in the face of death. The question of eternity is a world wide denominator. What would you do?


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The Midwife’s Dilemma [Book In Review]

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The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. This series needs to be read in order because of the character’s histories and relationships with each other.

As a practicing doula, I enjoy reading fiction novels about Midwives. The first two books in the series had a handful of eventful births that Martha Cade attended as the town’s midwife. For me, that was my motivation in reading the novels. In the the third book however, there was a lack of births. She attended them, but the writer did not go into detail and the reader just knew that she had been at a birth. This was very disappointing and also made the story line go very slowly. This book centers on Martha’s personal dilemma and events surrounding her children and horse. I would have enjoyed the book more if there were a few more eventful births added to the plot.


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Dressed For Death [Book In Review]

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This book is independent of the series meaning you don’t have to have read the first three books in order to understand what’s happening from the beginning of the book. I enjoyed that because so many series books are intertwined and leave the reader feeling lost. After finishing this book, I would go back and read books 1-3 because I enjoyed this one so much.
The book started off very slow. I probably struggled the most with the first two chapters, but once the actual murder occurs, the book picks up pace quickly. I read it over Spring Break and felt as though I was living in the game of Clue. “Mr. Green did it in the Library with the candlestick!”
I actually gifted the book to my mom and she liked it as well. A clean, fiction, suspenseful mystery.


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A Worthy Heart {Book In Review}

Category : Stretch n' Grow

This book started off slow, and when I say slow, I mean I fell asleep 4 times trying to read the first chapter. I almost gave up on the book altogether but I pressed on and I’m glad I did. The book has a lot of characters which were a bit difficult to keep straight at the beginning, but their personalities are unique. A story about love, forgiveness and grace. The main characters were riveting and the plot had a few twists that were unexpected. Overall, I enjoyed this book.